AOL is underlining its commitment to UK Net Year by offering free Internet access dial-up accounts to schools worth #1 million.
The offer is open to every registered school which does not currently have Internet access. AOL claims that around 56 per cent of all secondary schools in the UK now have AOL accounts but this will be the first opportunity primary schools have to go online with AOL.
?We?re underpinning UK Net Year?s initiative to make a significant contribution towards the Government's objective to have 100 per cent of schools connected to the Internet by the Year 2002,? said an AOL representative.
David Wimpress, executive chairman of UK Net Year, said: "It is important that we understand the needs of individual schools throughout the UK. Of the 9,000 schools already registered for UK Net Year, 3,800 have specified that single user Internet access is their first IT goal. The AOL offer will help these schools take the first step towards getting connected."
The offer will be available to UK Net Year registered schools from the beginning of September. Schools will then get a free fax number to request the offer, which includes a teachers introductory pack to the Internet.
The AOL representative said it may consider giving out extra free accounts to schools and extended trial times to parents. ?It really depends how it goes,? she said.
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